Wingate Faces

Kevin Winchester

8/3/2012
Wingate alum Kevin Winchester has a broad writing background and uses his expertise to strengthen the writing skills of students at his alma mater. He graduated from Wingate University with an English degree in 1995 and received a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Queens University in 2005.

His work has appeared in several literary publications and anthologies. He has written two books: Everybody’s Gotta Eat, a short story collection published in 2009 and On Trembling Ground, written under the pen name of A. P. Newell, recently published in 2012. A third book is currently being reviewed by a publisher.

“Kevin Winchester's writing reflects a strong knowledge of all the great Southern writers and storytellers that have come before him and the tradition they've established, but his voice is all his own. Unique, funny, heartfelt, an honest depiction of the world, his Southern world, as he sees it. His voice is one to join that long tradition of Southern writers, and rightly so.”
~ Ron Rash, author of the Pulitzer nominated novel One Foot in Eden and Serena

Winchester helped launch Wingate University’s Writing Center four years ago. Serving as the director of the center, he has seen tremendous growth in the program.

In the first year, 596 writing sessions were held for 494 different students. Eighty-five percent of the students were freshmen. The program has grown so much that 1100 sessions were held in spring 2012 and a little over half were freshmen. All levels of students are seeking help in The Writing Center, which is part of the Academic Resource Center (ARC) in the Ethel K. Smith Library. Seniors typically seek help with resumes, senior projects and personal essays for graduate school.

This year, he is adding a Special Topics class to provide training in theory, pedagogy and various writing styles for potential tutors/ future teachers. “We want a class that will develop a super tutor,” he said. An average of 14 tutors help to manage the tutoring program. Selected tutors must be CRLA certified (College Reading and Learning Association).

Winchester serves as an advisor for a creative writing club, teaches fiction and non-fiction writing classes and holds various workshops, including songwriting workshops. An accomplished musician, he plays in several bands and writes music.

“It's always rewarding when former students mention how much a writing class or sessions with our writing tutors helped them after they've graduated and are settling into careers, Winchester said. “Good writing can be an invaluable skill in any work place.”